Red sour cherries hanging on cherry tree in summer ready for harvesting. Selective focus on red sour cherries. Red Cherry Summer Harvesting Detail.

There are just a few instances from the early historical record regarding cherry trees. This lack in the record perhaps caused the delicate nature and perishability of the fruit, unlike the fruit in the apple tree.


There are strong suggestions that the cherry tree originated from the lands of Asia Minor near the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Other suggestions that the cherry trees have been used in the Roman and Greek civilizations come from literary historians, and it seems that cherry wood from the trees of cherry was significant in several professional applications for the ancients.

Among the fruit seeds which were delivered in 1628 to the settlement at Plymouth, Massachusetts, from the Massachusetts bay Colony were cherry, peach, plum, filbert, apple, quince, and pomegranate and”based on accounts, they sprung up and flourished.”


Cherries are often marketed together with the stem still attached to the fruit. When preserved or canned, the stalks are customarily taken out of the cherry. Hybridizers like Luther Burbank focused on improving several characteristics which were significant in marketing the fruit: the dimensions, color, flavor, and sweetness. Burbank made one cultivar so full of sugar and it hung on the tree, rather than the rapid decay, after ripening on the tree as experienced with most cherry cultivars.

Cold hardiness was thought of as very significant in cherry tree hybridization and Burbank used the bird cherry, Prunus pennsylvanica, that had withstood temperatures of negative 60 degrees Fahrenheit near Hudson Bay as one parent of this cherry hybrid, because it was thought of as the most cold hardy of all cherry trees. In considering the many pest and disease problems that cherries experienced, Burbank implied that hybridizers focus on breeding immunity genes to ribbons to skip”spraying and gassing.” Burbank is greatly admired for his powerful ecological stand by modern day conservationists.

The common wild black cherry, Prunus serotina, is found growing in the majority of Eastern North America. The tiny cherries are grown in great abundance and are produced in massive plants, even in the coldest areas of america. There are attempts to hybridize the desired genes of the cherry to existing clones of commercial cherry cultivars. The trouble with this native cherry tree is that all areas of the tree and fruit contain the deadly toxin cyanogens, which have caused illness and death to children from cyanide poisoning from the fruit, although birds don’t seem to be influenced from eating the fruit.

Cherry Trees

Cherry trees in orchard situations grow 10 to 15 feet tall to deal with the fruit harvesting correctly, though the can grow to 30 feet if not pruned. Cherry trees are extremely cold hardy down to negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and require roughly one million or more chill hours for an abundant fruit set. Pollination is not a terrific issue with cherry tree creation. Rootstock selection for cherry trees is “Mazzard,” Prunus mahaleb, or “Gisela” or the current Geissen, German rootstocks.

The principal cherry industrial fruits grown in america would be the sour cherries, Prunus cerasus L., that constitute 99 percent of all production. These cherries are significant in baking cherry pies and cherry tarts, as well as in frozen fruit packs or in canning.

The most famous sour cherry is your “Maraschino” cherry that’s utilized in cherry pies, cakes, juices, jams, jellies, mixed beverages, ice cream, and a multitude of other ways. This cherry is bright red in color and commonly found on grocery store shelves in clear glass bottles and jars.

Sweet cherry cultivars, Prunus avium L., are increasingly in demand and sold at U.S. markets. Bing cherries are well called a fresh fruit thing. This cherry is dark purple-red and is firm and has excellent shipping qualities. Other significant sweet cherries are ‘Napoleon’ and ‘Ranier,’ a USDA release that’s bright red with yellow undertones in the background. The Lambert cherry is a good idea to use in canning as is the Stella. The Black Tartarian cherry is a sweet cherry commonly available from mailorder and internet catalogs.

Cherries are ranked high in antioxidant levels offering great health benefits like treating Gout. Many internet sites promote new cherry consumption as being the miracle cure and speedy recovery from attacks of Gout. Some internet sites provide concentrated cherry powders and extracts of dried cherries as a cure. Cherries provide other health benefits in their high content of Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Niacin, and the minerals Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, and Potassium.

Japanese flowering cherry trees

These are the most widely adapted and popular flowering shrub growing in the USA today. The multi-colored flowers of Yoshino cherry, Prunux x yodoensis, and Kwanzan cherry are observed early in the season, and the buds open into clusters of abundant, long lasting flowers that dominate the landscape of our country’s capitol, Washington, D.C. Japanese flowering cherry trees Prunus serrulata’Kwanzan’ were planted in Washington D.C. as a present of the Japanese people to American taxpayers, largely through the efforts of President Taft’s spouse, the first woman. Thousands of those Japanese cherry trees have been planted, and several tourists flock to the Capitol from the spring to experience that flowering extravaganza. Cherry blossom festivals, parties, and get-togethers are held yearly in cities around the nation, when cherry trees are in blossom to crown “Cherry Queens” and to schedule beauty pageants.